Period
to 8 December 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for Problem-Solving skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Problem-Solving over the 6 months to 8 December 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Problem-Solving
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
8 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 30 29 28
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 2,674 3,572 3,419
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 6.09% 6.44% 6.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.20% 7.46% 7.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,384 2,040 2,069
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% -
10th Percentile £172 £230 £200
90th Percentile £579 £560 £540
UK median daily rate £450 £443 £425
% change year-on-year +1.69% +4.12% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 245 187 170
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.00 £30.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.67% +33.33% +47.54%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.15 £10.77
90th Percentile £52.06 £51.00 £50.33
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £30.00 £24.74
% change year-on-year -20.00% +21.25% +54.64%

Problem-Solving is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 37,142 47,899 45,353
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 84.55% 86.29% 84.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,762 29,554 28,011
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.76% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £270 £255
90th Percentile £599 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,706 1,781 1,669
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £20.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.76% -14.58% +6.67%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.17 £11.25
90th Percentile £52.73 £50.00 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £22.00 £23.75
% change year-on-year +6.82% -7.37% +5.56%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 8 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 8 December 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Problem-Solving within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 8 December 2019. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East +8 892 £425 +0.89% 537
North of England +1 628 £425 +4.94% 519
Midlands -4 328 £413 -0.30% 360
North West +4 297 £450 +20.00% 289
South West -31 289 £448 +5.29% 258
Scotland +11 252 £375 - 114
Yorkshire +5 252 £425 - 155
West Midlands +2 230 £410 -0.61% 206
East of England -1 225 £448 +6.55% 237
East Midlands -2 93 £400 -4.19% 154
North East -9 78 £300 -30.07% 75
Wales -2 46 £350 -10.83% 77
Northern Ireland +2 13 £350 -8.20% 9
Channel Islands - 4 - -
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 8 December 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Problem-Solving also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the UK excluding London region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 917 (34.29%) Analytical Skills
2 815 (30.48%) Agile Software Development
3 532 (19.90%) Microsoft
4 514 (19.22%) Windows
5 448 (16.75%) SQL
6 391 (14.62%) Finance
7 348 (13.01%) Security Cleared
8 317 (11.85%) Java
9 301 (11.26%) ITIL
10 281 (10.51%) Degree
11 274 (10.25%) Linux
12 272 (10.17%) Active Directory
13 263 (9.84%) Scrum
14 253 (9.46%) Azure
15 242 (9.05%) SC Cleared
16 239 (8.94%) Microsoft Office
17 238 (8.90%) Stakeholder Management
18 215 (8.04%) Oracle
19 210 (7.85%) Decision-Making
20 207 (7.74%) DevOps
21 204 (7.63%) HTML
22 199 (7.44%) Python
23 198 (7.40%) Public Sector
24 193 (7.22%) Migration
25 189 (7.07%) Analytics
25 189 (7.07%) Test Automation
26 188 (7.03%) Project Management
27 186 (6.96%) SQL Server
27 186 (6.96%) JIRA
28 185 (6.92%) Office 365

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 117 (4.38%) Confluence
2 105 (3.93%) SharePoint
3 59 (2.21%) MS Exchange
4 38 (1.42%) Apache Spark
4 38 (1.42%) Skype for Business
5 37 (1.38%) Apache
6 34 (1.27%) IIS
6 34 (1.27%) SAS
7 33 (1.23%) WebSphere
8 32 (1.20%) WebLogic
9 30 (1.12%) CMS
10 29 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2007
11 26 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2013
12 20 (0.75%) Tomcat
13 17 (0.64%) JBoss
13 17 (0.64%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 17 (0.64%) Sitecore CMS
14 14 (0.52%) OpenStack
15 11 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
15 11 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 239 (8.94%) Microsoft Office
2 183 (6.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 83 (3.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 62 (2.32%) MS Visio
5 42 (1.57%) Microsoft Project
6 22 (0.82%) Spreadsheet
7 17 (0.64%) InVision
7 17 (0.64%) Sketch
8 13 (0.49%) Photoshop
9 9 (0.34%) OmniGraffle
9 9 (0.34%) Simulink
9 9 (0.34%) Zeplin
10 7 (0.26%) Acrobat
10 7 (0.26%) CATIA
11 5 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
11 5 (0.19%) Windchill
12 4 (0.15%) Adobe XD
12 4 (0.15%) Siemens NX
13 3 (0.11%) PTC Creo
13 3 (0.11%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 26 (0.97%) Magento
2 23 (0.86%) assyst
3 19 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
4 18 (0.67%) Remedy ITSM
5 15 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
6 14 (0.52%) Teamcenter
7 11 (0.41%) SessionCam
7 11 (0.41%) Sonata
7 11 (0.41%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 10 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
8 10 (0.37%) SAP SD
9 9 (0.34%) NetSuite
9 9 (0.34%) SAP CO
9 9 (0.34%) SAP FI
9 9 (0.34%) SAP FI/CO
9 9 (0.34%) SAP S/4HANA
10 7 (0.26%) Oracle CRM
11 6 (0.22%) SAP ERP
11 6 (0.22%) SAP MM
11 6 (0.22%) SAP PS
Cloud Services
1 253 (9.46%) Azure
2 185 (6.92%) Office 365
3 183 (6.84%) AWS
4 49 (1.83%) PaaS
5 47 (1.76%) GitHub
6 46 (1.72%) Power Platform
7 45 (1.68%) SaaS
8 37 (1.38%) GCP
9 34 (1.27%) Dynamics 365
10 31 (1.16%) Google Analytics
10 31 (1.16%) IaaS
11 24 (0.90%) Cloud Computing
12 23 (0.86%) OpenShift
12 23 (0.86%) Serverless
13 17 (0.64%) Azure Data Factory
14 15 (0.56%) AWS Lambda
14 15 (0.56%) Azure Active Directory
15 13 (0.49%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 13 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
16 12 (0.45%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 106 (3.96%) DNS
2 92 (3.44%) Firewall
3 85 (3.18%) WAN
4 75 (2.80%) DHCP
5 74 (2.77%) LAN
6 65 (2.43%) Wireless
7 61 (2.28%) TCP/IP
8 52 (1.94%) Skype
9 44 (1.65%) VPN
10 42 (1.57%) HTTP
11 39 (1.46%) Wi-Fi
12 33 (1.23%) Internet
13 32 (1.20%) SAN
14 31 (1.16%) Remote Desktop
15 29 (1.08%) BGP
16 27 (1.01%) Network Security
17 25 (0.93%) SNMP
17 25 (0.93%) VoIP
18 22 (0.82%) MPLS
18 22 (0.82%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 186 (6.96%) SQL Server
2 126 (4.71%) Relational Database
3 79 (2.95%) Big Data
4 66 (2.47%) MySQL
5 63 (2.36%) Oracle Database
6 56 (2.09%) NoSQL
7 55 (2.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 54 (2.02%) Hadoop
9 53 (1.98%) Data Warehouse
10 43 (1.61%) MongoDB
10 43 (1.61%) Power BI
11 36 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
12 34 (1.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 28 (1.05%) Pentaho
13 28 (1.05%) Qlik Sense
14 24 (0.90%) DB2
14 24 (0.90%) RDBMS
15 23 (0.86%) Oracle Reports
15 23 (0.86%) QlikView
16 19 (0.71%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 186 (6.96%) JIRA
2 176 (6.58%) Git (software)
3 107 (4.00%) Jenkins
4 56 (2.09%) Selenium
5 45 (1.68%) Bitbucket
6 40 (1.50%) Subversion
7 35 (1.31%) Cucumber
8 34 (1.27%) Visual Studio Team System
9 32 (1.20%) Visual Studio
10 29 (1.08%) Grunt
11 27 (1.01%) TeamCity
12 26 (0.97%) Karma Test Runner
13 25 (0.93%) GitLab
14 24 (0.90%) Team Foundation Server
15 22 (0.82%) Jasmine
15 22 (0.82%) JUnit
16 20 (0.75%) MSI
17 19 (0.71%) SoapUI
18 18 (0.67%) Rational DOORS
18 18 (0.67%) SpecFlow
General
1 391 (14.62%) Finance
2 198 (7.40%) Public Sector
3 114 (4.26%) Telecoms
4 100 (3.74%) Retail
5 78 (2.92%) Manufacturing
6 75 (2.80%) Banking
7 74 (2.77%) Marketing
8 40 (1.50%) Legal
9 34 (1.27%) Electronics
10 31 (1.16%) Games
11 27 (1.01%) Automotive
12 25 (0.93%) Aerospace
13 19 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
14 18 (0.67%) Military
15 17 (0.64%) Publishing
16 16 (0.60%) Local Government
17 15 (0.56%) Law
18 13 (0.49%) Avionics
18 13 (0.49%) German Language
19 12 (0.45%) Billing
Job Titles
1 444 (16.60%) Developer
2 425 (15.89%) Analyst
3 164 (6.13%) Architect
4 133 (4.97%) Consultant
5 122 (4.56%) Business Analyst
6 104 (3.89%) Support Engineer
7 89 (3.33%) Designer
8 87 (3.25%) Project Manager
9 83 (3.10%) Administrator
10 77 (2.88%) Solutions Architect
11 71 (2.66%) Service Analyst
12 58 (2.17%) DevOps Engineer
12 58 (2.17%) Java Developer
13 56 (2.09%) Desktop Support
13 56 (2.09%) Software Engineer
14 54 (2.02%) 2nd Line Support
15 53 (1.98%) Data Analyst
15 53 (1.98%) IT Support
15 53 (1.98%) Service Desk Analyst
16 51 (1.91%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 204 (7.63%) HTML
2 176 (6.58%) .NET
2 176 (6.58%) CSS
3 128 (4.79%) Web Services
4 102 (3.81%) XML
5 93 (3.48%) RESTful
6 89 (3.33%) HTML5
7 88 (3.29%) Spring
8 85 (3.18%) JSON
8 85 (3.18%) REST
9 82 (3.07%) AngularJS
10 63 (2.36%) jQuery
11 62 (2.32%) SOAP
12 52 (1.94%) J2EE
12 52 (1.94%) React
13 49 (1.83%) .NET Framework
14 48 (1.80%) CSS3
15 45 (1.68%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 43 (1.61%) Middleware
16 43 (1.61%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 917 (34.29%) Analytical Skills
2 170 (6.36%) Self-Motivation
3 143 (5.35%) User Experience
4 108 (4.04%) Management Information System
5 65 (2.43%) Data Centre
6 50 (1.87%) Driving Licence
7 45 (1.68%) Mobile App
8 40 (1.50%) Virtual Team
9 39 (1.46%) Data Structures
10 35 (1.31%) PKI
11 34 (1.27%) NHS
12 32 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
13 28 (1.05%) Algorithms
13 28 (1.05%) Clustering
14 25 (0.93%) Smartphone
15 22 (0.82%) W3C
16 19 (0.71%) Greenfield Project
17 18 (0.67%) e-Learning
18 17 (0.64%) Linux Command Line
19 16 (0.60%) Vector Graphics
Operating Systems
1 514 (19.22%) Windows
2 274 (10.25%) Linux
3 182 (6.81%) Windows Server
4 155 (5.80%) Windows 10
5 123 (4.60%) Unix
5 123 (4.60%) Windows 7
6 86 (3.22%) Windows Server 2008
7 66 (2.47%) Windows Server 2012
8 51 (1.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 45 (1.68%) Android
10 42 (1.57%) Apple iOS
11 32 (1.20%) Windows 8
12 29 (1.08%) Windows Server 2003
13 23 (0.86%) Windows XP
14 20 (0.75%) CentOS
14 20 (0.75%) Mac OS X
15 18 (0.67%) Ubuntu
16 17 (0.64%) Windows Vista
17 14 (0.52%) Solaris
18 12 (0.45%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 815 (30.48%) Agile Software Development
2 301 (11.26%) ITIL
3 263 (9.84%) Scrum
4 238 (8.90%) Stakeholder Management
5 210 (7.85%) Decision-Making
6 207 (7.74%) DevOps
7 193 (7.22%) Migration
8 189 (7.07%) Analytics
8 189 (7.07%) Test Automation
9 188 (7.03%) Project Management
10 161 (6.02%) Business Intelligence
11 159 (5.95%) Continuous Integration
12 152 (5.68%) Software Engineering
13 147 (5.50%) Time Management
14 145 (5.42%) Configuration Management
15 143 (5.35%) SDLC
16 139 (5.20%) Continuous Improvement
17 130 (4.86%) Mentoring
17 130 (4.86%) TDD
18 129 (4.82%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 448 (16.75%) SQL
2 317 (11.85%) Java
3 199 (7.44%) Python
4 184 (6.88%) JavaScript
5 168 (6.28%) C#
6 113 (4.23%) PowerShell
7 107 (4.00%) C
8 72 (2.69%) Scala
9 62 (2.32%) C++
10 58 (2.17%) PL/SQL
11 53 (1.98%) PHP
12 50 (1.87%) Shell Script
13 46 (1.72%) Bash Shell
14 41 (1.53%) T-SQL
15 38 (1.42%) Ruby
16 36 (1.35%) Perl
17 33 (1.23%) Groovy
18 31 (1.16%) VB
19 23 (0.86%) TypeScript
19 23 (0.86%) VBA
Qualifications
1 348 (13.01%) Security Cleared
2 281 (10.51%) Degree
3 242 (9.05%) SC Cleared
4 71 (2.66%) Microsoft Certification
5 61 (2.28%) Cisco Certification
6 59 (2.21%) DV Cleared
7 46 (1.72%) CCNA
8 37 (1.38%) CCNP
8 37 (1.38%) MCSE
9 33 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
10 32 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
11 31 (1.16%) MCP
12 27 (1.01%) ISTQB
13 25 (0.93%) CISSP
14 22 (0.82%) PMI Certification
15 21 (0.79%) ISEB
16 19 (0.71%) Master's Degree
17 18 (0.67%) CISM
17 18 (0.67%) MCSA
18 15 (0.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (4.94%) SLA
2 129 (4.82%) QA
3 57 (2.13%) PMO
4 31 (1.16%) Data Quality
5 28 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 24 (0.90%) PCI DSS
7 17 (0.64%) GDPR
8 13 (0.49%) NIST
9 12 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 10 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 8 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
11 8 (0.30%) NCSC
12 7 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials
13 5 (0.19%) DO-178B
13 5 (0.19%) WCAG
14 4 (0.15%) EMIR
14 4 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 4 (0.15%) MISRA
14 4 (0.15%) MISRA C
15 3 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 272 (10.17%) Active Directory
2 94 (3.52%) Docker
3 91 (3.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 32 (1.20%) VMware ESXi
5 30 (1.12%) Virtual Machines
6 29 (1.08%) Hyper-V
7 16 (0.60%) Microsoft App-V
7 16 (0.60%) XenApp
8 15 (0.56%) Firmware
8 15 (0.56%) vSphere
9 12 (0.45%) HDFS
10 11 (0.41%) BitLocker
11 9 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
11 9 (0.34%) VMware NSX
12 8 (0.30%) NFS
13 6 (0.22%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 6 (0.22%) LXC
13 6 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
13 6 (0.22%) XenDesktop
14 5 (0.19%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 110 (4.11%) SCCM
2 79 (2.95%) Ansible
3 72 (2.69%) Kubernetes
4 51 (1.91%) Puppet
5 40 (1.50%) Terraform
6 27 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
7 19 (0.71%) SCOM
7 19 (0.71%) vCenter Server
8 18 (0.67%) Kibana
9 17 (0.64%) HP ALM
9 17 (0.64%) WSUS
10 16 (0.60%) Amdocs OSS
11 15 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
12 13 (0.49%) Grafana
12 13 (0.49%) HP Quality Center
13 12 (0.45%) Nagios
14 11 (0.41%) vRealize
15 10 (0.37%) Netcool
15 10 (0.37%) Prometheus
16 8 (0.30%) Netcool/OMNIbus
Vendors
1 532 (19.90%) Microsoft
2 215 (8.04%) Oracle
3 150 (5.61%) VMware
4 137 (5.12%) SAP
5 127 (4.75%) Cisco
6 108 (4.04%) Google
7 89 (3.33%) Citrix
8 84 (3.14%) HP
9 73 (2.73%) IBM
10 65 (2.43%) ServiceNow
11 49 (1.83%) Apple
12 42 (1.57%) McAfee
13 41 (1.53%) Atlassian
14 40 (1.50%) Cloudera
15 39 (1.46%) webMethods
16 36 (1.35%) Adobe
17 35 (1.31%) Red Hat
18 34 (1.27%) Remedy
19 32 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
19 32 (1.20%) Tableau